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Scared Girl



Thank you so much for your great work.
A couple of weeks ago I kissed in the mouth a man which I do not know and he could be a sexually promiscuous man, I don`t know his HIV status. I had a wound on my higher lip from 2 days ago, which was already healing and had a crost- dry cover over it ( a dry wound). The wound was small like 5 mm. He did not have any visible blood on his mouth and he was not having any visible wounds. But he could have had scrathes that I did not see.
Is there any possibility that I could get infected in that way by kissing? I am very scared so I am very grateful for your answer.

Thank you very much.

Scared girl


Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission through a kiss you received a couple of weeks ago which did not involve any visible blood.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk: (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario). Kissing with the presence of blood is considered to be Low Risk: (Evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met), yet, in the encounter you have described, there was no visible trace of blood. Kissing is only a risk for HIV acquisition when there is a visible amount of blood in the mouth.

Recommendation: No need for HIV testing with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for any other health related questions.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody